By Glenn Davis
Eagle Farm trainer Chris Anderson is hoping to strike early for connections of new stable acquisition Boom Boom Epic at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Boom Boom Epic will be one of three Ipswich runners for Anderson when the former Toby Edmonds-trained mare steps out in the Carlton Mid Fillies & Mares Class Three Plate (1350m).
The four-year-old daughter of Sebring had her first start for Anderson when runner-up to Conquering Lass in a 1200-metre Class Four at Ipswich on November 2.
Boom Boom Epic figured in the stewards’ report that day after she laid in under pressure down the straight.
“She’s going well and I’m looking to stepping her up in distance soon,” Anderson said.
“I accepted with four runners but Muddy Hope drew barrier 14 and won’t run in the Benchmark 65.
“Boom Boom Epic has drawn a little poorly on the outside in the field of six but she shouldn’t be far off the lead.
“Jim Byrne had his first ride on her last start and I’m sure he’ll benefit from that.”
Anderson believes Boom Boom Epic, who has started 11 times for two wins and six placings, is up to Saturday class in the city.
“She’s a Saturday class horse for sure and I’m working her up to run over 1800 and 2000 metres,” he said.
Anderson’s other runners are Colour Of Money in the Queensland Times Benchmark 75 Handicap (1666m) and Tango Yankee in the River 94.9 FM Ratings Band 0-62 Handicap (1666m).
Colour Of Money is raced by the estate of the late Malaysian billionaire Dato Tan Chin Nam whose famous colours were carried by champions such as Saintly and So You Think.
The seven-year-old is having his first start since September 22 when the gelding ran third to the Rob Heathcote-trained Monaco Snob in a 2200-metre Benchmark 75 at the Sunshine Coast.
“He’s coming off a freshener after I put him out for 10 days when we had all the rain last month,” Anderson said.
“He might need the run but I expect him to be charging home.”
Tango Yankee is yet to place in four starts this campaign but Anderson is hopeful of an improved showing from the five-year-old.
“He’s had a luckless preparation so far and he just needs the right tempo and a bit of luck in running,” he said.
Anderson was weighing up a move interstate last month but has decided Queensland is still home following the recent boost in prizemoney by the Queensland Government Racing Queensland.
Racing Queensland webnews November 13